Initial Claims Continue to Drop in Rome for May

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome saw its initial claims for unemployment drop over-the-month and over-the-year.

“This is a step in the right direction, but we need to continue to get Georgians back to work,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “Increasing the amount of people in our labor force is critical for us to continue to improve.”

In Rome, the unemployment rate remained unchanged in May, staying at 3.6 percent. A year ago, the rate was 9.6 percent.

The labor force decreased in Rome by 443 and ended the month with 44,028. That number is up 933 when compared to May of 2020.

Rome finished the month with 42,443 employed residents.  That number decreased by 436 over the month and is up by 3,466 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Rome ended May with 40,700 jobs. That number remained flat from April to May and increased by 2,600 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went down by 34 percent in May. When compared to last May, claims were down by about 89 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 897 active job postings in metro Rome for May.

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